Patriot News 03/21/2019


The Red HOT Hatters helped celebrate the Grand Opening of the brand new Ferry Street Fudo Japanese Bistro and Sushi Restaurant on Friday, March 15th. Everyone in attendance was raving about their food and I, for one, will be back! Delicious! In attendance for the special occasion: Sondra Stave, Stasia Wiseman, Eileen Wiesmann, Shannon Phipps, Jan Bixler, Dottie Keeton, Claudia Dawson, Kay Cook, Ann Farnsley with guest Peggy Catanzaro and of course, Lisa Fisher. Pam Acton, Melissa Andrews and Jon Bond from the Community Foundation also enjoyed the fine dining. Donations collected that day from the Red HOT Hatters for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter nearly filled my rather large SUV. It was decided to grant assistance to Story Fest from the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Red HOT Hatter Fund at the Community Foundation.

  I feel like I, for one, dodged a bullet with the recent storms and strong winds. My property did sustain some damage, but it could have been so much worse. The winds were so strong that the trim around the storm door in my foyer loosened up and the glass was banging back and forth inside the frame. Scary!

  My ‘kids’ and I are still anxiously awaiting Spring and the return of warmer weather. Much to my chagrin, however, the birds and small animals in and about my property will be in a heightened state of peril: Terrible Twin Tomcat DiNozzo, now 3, has already begun demonstrating his advanced hunting prowess. A dead baby mole, already and almost a bird yesterday! He’s generous though: he brought the baby mole home and let his brother Terrible Tomcat Gibbs play with it before he disposed of it. Yuck!

  The Rising Sun United Methodist Church will be holding its second Fish Fry on March 22nd. The church is located near the intersection of Highway 56 and Main Street at 110 S. Walnut. The fish fry will begin around 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m..  Free will offering requested.

  Happy Birthday to Red HOT Hatter Eileen Wiesmann on March 24th.

  Prayer List: Angie Haskell, Megan Meadors, the family of David Hewitt, Sue Bear, Ellyn Kern — wife of Jerry Brown, Aletha and Owen Heaton, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Bruce Hutcherson, Irvin and Eva Fette, Rev. Stephen and Sharon Ward, Jake Rader and Red HOT Hatters Barb Dowdy, Mary Christiani, Lura Riga and June Lack.

  The 2nd annual “Tea for Toni” will be held at the Schenck Mansion, on Sunday, March 31st from 1-3 p.m. A donation of $20 per person is being requested. Everyone is welcome. There will also be a silent auction including a limited edition print, handcrafted kitchen accessories, gift certificates from Wainscott’s Garage and the Ladies Bazaar and a Derby hat or two so far. The Auction will conclude at 2 p.m. All bid items are to be paid for at that time. The menu for the Tea will consist of both savory (Salmon salad and cherry tomatoes, Spinach and cheese puff pastry, Creamy sausage mushroom cup and Cucumber dill finger sandwiches) and sweet (Schenck Mansion cookies, Lemon-Rosemary shortbread, Custard fruit tart and Rocky road brownies). Contact Kay E. Cook for tickets or to contribute items for the auction (812) 594-2281. Tickets must be purchased by March 24th. The proceeds will benefit the Antoinette “Toni” Kniola Red HOT Hatters Memorial Fund at the Switzerland County Community Fund.

  How time flies! An avid reader, I have begun re-reading some John Sanford novels from the 1980’s. In these novels, princess phones were mounted on the walls in the kitchen, no one carried cell phones, cars didn’t all have electric windows and news alerts were only available at 6 and 11 for television and once a day for the newspaper. Most police officers did not enjoy the luxury of having their own hand held radios and only large corporations had access to the Internet. Geesh! Only 30+ years ago!

  You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note of message inside the cat mailbox in front of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812) 594-2281 or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038; or contacting KAY E COOK on Facebook or online at If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue, please get it to me early.